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Can we believe anything Trump says,
or is he a calumnious conveyor of falsehoods and lies,
not an inspiring purveyor of undisguised truth?
Various entities tally and track his deceptive claims.
Except for Breitbart and Fox News, most major media outlets do,
yearning for the day, I bet, they won’t have to work so hard,
or maybe hoping, fingers crossed, their tireless efforts are
rewarded by a righteous landslide of honest candidates.
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On the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration. The Washington Post featured a story about the number of Trump’s false or misleading claims topping 2,000 in his first year. I know he’s not the first American President to lie. I know we have been steadily losing faith in the president’s honesty since at least Nixon. I’m sure every president from Washington forward has lied from time to time. But to so openly, willfully, hell, gleefully and publicly lie that often, 2,000+ times in a year, just boggles my mind. Who does that? Oh, yes, that’s right, my President!
As mentioned in my poem above, there are several online fact-checking resources available. If you were previously unaware of them, or if you’re interested in checking them out, here are links to a few good ones. The Trump Tracker has a nifty way of breaking things down. Politifact is thorough, wide-ranging, and oh yeah, won the Pulitzer Prize! FactCheck.org has won several awards including a Webby for best politics site. There are others, but those three are my favorites.
What do y’all think? Is it silly of me to expect honesty from the President of the United States? Am I just being naïve?